First Shots: 2012 Yamaha YZR-M1

08/15/2011 @ 7:21 am, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

With yesterday’s race out of the way, MotoGP’s riders spent their Monday back at the Cardion AB circuit in Brno, testing their 800cc & 1,000cc machines. While we’ve already seen the 2012 Honda RC213V and the Ducati Desmosedici GP12, making its first public appearance was the 2012 Yamaha YZR-M1. Both Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies tested the new M1 at Brno; and additionally, the duo also put in laps on their current M1 machinery, which received a more powerful version of their 800cc motor.

With both Yamaha riders happy with the upgraded motor on the 800cc machine, and the package coming together for 2012, Yamaha’s reintroduction into 1,000cc racing can be marked down as a success. However, it was Casey Stoner on his RC213V, with its newly revised chassis for Brno, that was fastest for the day, and easily surpassing Dani Pedrosa’s qualifying time from Saturday during the test.

Also making progress was Mika Kallio on the Suter CRT machine with its BMW motor. The claiming rule team (CRT) has clearly made some improvements, being only 4.3 seconds down on Stoner’s time. Suter still has a long way to go, but can walk away from Brno having saved more face than they did at Mugello a few months ago.

MotoGP Test Times from Brno:

Pos.RiderBikeFastest LapDiff.Laps
1Casey StonerRepsol Honda Team 1000cc1:56.16857
2Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory Racing 1000cc1:56.253+0.08528
3Ben SpiesYamaha Factory Racing 1000cc1:56.306+0.13824
4Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory Racing1:56.727+0.55958
5Ben SpiesYamaha Factory Racing1:57.184+1.01615
6Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda Team 1000cc1:57.264+1.09637
7Nicky HaydenDucati Team1:57.533+1.36578
8Cal CrutchlowMonster Yamaha Tech 31:57.591+1.42374
9Toni EliasLCR Honda MotoGP1:57.903+1.73556
10Valentino RossiDucati Team1:58.266+2.09874
11Loris CapirossiPramac Racing Team1:58.387+2.21966
12Colin EdwardsMonster Yamaha Tech 31:58.492+2.32444
13Mika KallioMarc Vds Racing Team 1000cc2:00.144+3.97681

Source/Photos: MotoGP

  • Frenchie

    Careful when reporting on “Casey was fastest for the day” discussing times set at 3PM.
    Lorenzo went faster in the end of the test, on his 800.
    And Kallio got closer, he is now 3.9 s from the best time and less than 2 seconds away from Edwards, Capirex…and Rossi.

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  • So when is Yamaha going to implement the new engine? I’m excited to see the series become a little less of the Honda show.